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POSTED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 8:59 AM

Gov. Christie, who in past tagged President Obama as a Windy City pol without leadership skills, now gives Obama a glowing review just days before the election.

The outspoken Republican whose August GOP convention address included the line that Obama is "nothing more than a Chicago ward politician," is touting the president's response to devastation in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“I have to say the administration, the president himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far. We have a great partnership with them, and I want to thank the president personally for his personal attention to this,” Christie said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 9:41 AM

Success in politics, as I've often written, frequently comes down to being in the right place at the right time.

That certainly seems to be the case for Scranton's Kathleen Kane, the Democrat running for state attorney general.

Kane, according to a new Inky poll out Tuesday, leads her Republican opponent Dave Freed by 20 points even though nearly half those surveyed basically never heard of either.

POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 8:49 AM

In the oh-so-tight race for president, one pressing question is which campaigns' attitude toward late-night TV is correct.

In the event you're not a late-night TV fan, you should know the Obama camp has been embracing the genre while the Romney camp has been snubbing it.

Monday's New York Times has a piece in it's business section detailing Obama's appearances and questioning Romney's decision to so far stay away.

POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 8:43 AM

Well, the hope and change of 2008 has become the scare and stay of 2012.

The campaign effort to keep President Obama in office is airing a new TV ad that replaces his former "hope card" with a brand new "scare card."

It's clearly designed to push get-out-the-vote efforts in a cycle most observers say lacks the luster and enthusiasm Obama generated and benefited from four years ago.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 9:08 AM

You'd think candidates for public office, especially high office such as the U.S. Senate, would learn.

You'd think after one such candidate says something stupid that garners national attention of the sort no candidate would wish for that other candidates would get the message and steer clear of saying the same sort of stupid thing.

And yet Republican candidates for Senate don't seem to understand that when it comes to subjects of women and rape it's best to shut your trap.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 8:54 AM

Monday night's third and final presidential debate started off with some early warning signs both for Mitt Romney and for viewers.

I suspect due to both that there were lots of clicks around the country as remote controls took audiences to either the Monday Night Football Bears/Lions game or game seven of the National League championship.

Not only did Mitt start out with a signal of discomfort, but President Obama landed quick hits so early that switching channels seemed a real option.

POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012, 9:07 AM

I'm not sure that pay raises going to Gov. Corbett's top aides offer the best example of the fiscally-responsible governing the governor constantly preaches but, politically, I understand why they likely do him little harm.

If you missed it, the Inky on Sunday reported that four of 15 folks on the Guv's senior staff got $10,000 raises last month.

That, for them, was a good month.

POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012, 8:51 AM

Pennsylvania's favorite (or least favorite) political pundit, Ed Rendell, on Friday proclaimed new polls in the race for president to be "screwy."

Appearing, as he often does, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," the former mayor/guv/Demcratic Party leader especially questioned new polling in Pennsylvania showing the contest here a toss-up.

The political Website realclearpolitics.com, in fact, recently moved the state from "leans Obama" to "toss up," and recent polling in the Keystone State shows Obama's lead has shrunk from seven or eight points to three or four points.

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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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